“God, I’m a dancer! A dancer dances!”

Is he auditioning for “A Chorus Line”? The YouTube description says: “French Provincial Minister Michel Laloux expressed himself in dance during our morning Mass for the Annunciation.” Because, of course, that’s more important than, like, listening to the wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, who said: It is totally absurd to try to make the liturgy [Read More...]

Palm Sunday and Good Friday liturgies: who reads what?

This subject comes up periodically, and just today a friend on Facebook asked a question about where he could find the gospel for this weekend broken up into parts, for several people to proclaim. It’s worth a look at a 1988 document, Paschalis Sollemnitatis, which gives guidance on how to proclaim the Passion: 33. The passion narrative occupies [Read More...]

Stations of the Cross and Benediction together?

Reading about how my parish follows the Stations of the Cross with Benediction, a couple readers have wondered if this is liturgically correct or appropriate. A deacon candidate noted: “I’m being taught in diaconal formation that Benediction is not a closing to another devotion. Must be linked to the Eucharist.”  Far as I know—and from [Read More...]

Altar-ed states: liturgical decoration for Lent

A priest friend posted the following image on Facebook this morning, describing it as “artsy church decor for Lent.” “This is a bit much,” I commented. “Lent is about stripping away, not adding on. It’s distracting, too. You don’t know where to look.” I was curious about what guidelines, if any, the General Instruction of [Read More...]

Pope to wash feet of male and female prisoners on Holy Thursday—UPDATED

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis will visit inmates and staff of a Rome prison on Holy Thursday, April 2.   The Prefecture of the Papal Household reports that the Pope will visit the new complex of the Casa Circondariale Rebibbia in the Rome suburbs, and celebrate the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at the “Padre [Read More...]

“What this priest did was totally inexcusable”

You got that right. Read the whole account.  Pita bread? From Redemptionis Sacramentum:  1. The Matter of the Most Holy Eucharist [48.] The bread used in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice must be unleavened, purely of wheat, and recently made so that there is no danger of decomposition. It follows therefore that bread [Read More...]

Pope marks 50th anniversary of vernacular Mass: “Jesus is calling us to authentic worship”

From Vatican Radio:  On Saturday evening, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Roman church of “Ognissanti” – All Saints’ – in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first Mass offered in Italian. It was in the church of Ognissanti, fifty years ago, on the First Sunday of Lent, 1965, that Pope Paul VI offered [Read More...]

50 years ago today: Pope Paul VI celebrates first Mass in the vernacular

Pope Francis will be commemorating that historic event at the place where it happened. And Rome Reports offers some context. See below. Photo from Vatican Radio [Read more...]

Who proclaims the Gospel at Mass?

This popped up today over at OSV’s The Catholic Answer: Q. If a deacon is assisting at Mass, should he be the one to read the Gospel, or is it merely a preference of the celebrant? A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) observes: “The sacred Order of [Read More...]

Helping the deacon learn the Exsultet

Music director Richard J. Clark has some wise advice on climbing this Everest of chants, and he concludes: Most every line is a gem. But while trying to concentrate on the notes, make sure you allow the boundless blessings of this text to supersede all that you communicate to the faithful. Here’s how: • Patience. Revel [Read More...]